Possible Nominations: Best Actor for Casey Affleck, Best Supporting Actress for Michelle Williams, Best Original Screenplay for Kenneth Lonergan
Why is it a strong contender?: In Manchester By the Sea, Lee Chandler (played by Casey Affleck) returns home after the death of his brother, who has nominated him as his son’s sole guardian. His new responsibility sees Lee back in the working-class fishing village where he grew up, and the bereaved men deal with their grief in different ways. Most talked about and noticed at Sundance the movies shows Affleck play a somber role. (alongside indie Darling Michelle Williams, who plays his ex-wife). Early viewers have described it as gut-wrenching.